Come see the filmmakers of tomorrow and enjoy local shorts from many of our local Columbia HS students, and many more from around the world.
Narrative Short Finalists
Imperfect – Filmmaker / High School: Lauren Plattman / Governor Livingston HS, Berkeley Heights, NJ
A deeper look into the lives of 21st century teens through the lens of social media.
Live, Laugh Loaf – Filmmaker / High School - Andrew Nussbaum / Morris County School of Technology - Denville, NJ
A mother and her teenage son have an intense conversation regarding him attending a party and what may be at the party.
Max's Candy Crush – Filmmaker / High School - Aidan Romanaux and Max Goldstein / Columbia HS, Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
Max goes through a rough day while building up the courage to ask Lauren to the big dance.
Quiet Time – Filmmaker / High School - Noah Levine, Daniel Schwartz, Maggie Brill, Jess Helfenstein, William Dobbs, Sophia Mozzarella, Sydney Rhelihan / Livingston HS, Livingston, NJ
Take a journey through an asylum shrouded in silence.
Words for Hermit Boys – Filmmaker / High School - Sophia Heriveaux and Ben Krueger / Columbia HS, Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
After separation from his parents, a seemingly well- structured adult struggles with life on his own.
Documentary Short Finalists
By My Side – Filmmaker / High School - Zanyar Muhamadineko / Iranian Youth Cinema Society, Bukan, West Azerbaijan, Iran
A look at a coffee shop and its owner in western Azerbaijan, Iran where many truck drivers pass through.
Jade - Filmmaker / High School - Austin Kwok, Sean Bai, Ian Walker and Tony Huang / International School of Beijing, China
The tragic life story of a Chinese masseur and his 30-yearlong pursuit of happiness.
Soulfege - The A Cappella Experience - Filmmaker / High School - Kyle Farscht / Millburn HS, Millburn, NJ
How an all high school student- run A Cappella group prepares to go into a competition.
The Fabric of America - Filmmaker / High School - Evan Glass / Montgomery Blair HS, Silver Spring, MD
A film that explores the many sides and issues underlying the complex and controversial topic of immigration.
Village to Village - Filmmaker / High School - Max Goldstein / Columbia HS, Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
Syrian refugee teens meet with Maplewood teens in a summer program known as Village to Village.
What Do You Desire? - Filmmaker / High School - Madelyn Barkocy / Morris County School of Technology, Denville, NJ
A film that documents and inspires students to answer the question posed by philosopher Alan Watts.
Animated Shorts Finalists
Cellular Life - Filmmaker / High School - Ethan Halperin / Columbia HS, Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
A young girl gets help with her phone addiction from a surprising source.
Fosamiso - Filmmaker / High School - Andrew Campbell / Columbia HS - Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
Four ghosts, well, three, are baking a delicious cake! But soon things go topsy turvy.
Lyric - Filmmaker / High School - Alex DeRosa / Millburn HS - Millburn, NJ
In her struggle with depression a girl finds hope and strength through music.
Space Attack - Filmmaker / High School - Christina Wright / Columbia HS - Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
An astronaut has to repair a ship, escape a monster and return to earth.
Super Convention - Filmmaker / High School - Sophie Goodman- Merel / Columbia HS - Maplewood/South Orange, NJ
A not-so-impressive superhero ends up being the only one who can save the day when the Super Convention is interrupted by violent invaders.